Tasha Cobbs has never shied away from speaking about her battle with depression, but now she wants churches to do the same thing.
In an interview with Essence magazine, the 34-year-old "Jesus Saves" singer detailed her own battle with depression. Although she helped lead worship at her church, her struggles with sad feelings while growing up spiraled into full-blown depression.
"I could get up and sing and watch people be delivered and set free and experience freedom in their lives, and yet I would go home and be under the covers, with the curtains closed, not eating, never coming out of my room for days at a time. My cousin Shaniqua — who was my roommate at the time — knew the routine," she revealed to Essence. "This time I had been in the bed for three or four days and I hadn't left my room. The house was completely dark; curtains closed, and the sadness was so heavy in that house that she literally moved out and moved into my pastor's house for that week because it was just too heavy for her." more >>
Pastor Greg Laurie delivered a special sermon at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, on Sunday, just days before Harvest America, and encouraged the congregation not to hesitate in sharing the Gospel with the people they meet.
"Christ has given us our marching orders," Laurie, the pastor of the Harvest Fellowship megachurch in Southern California, told the audience at Prestonwood. "Jesus didn't say the whole world should go to the Church, but He did say the Church should go to the whole world."
Talking about the big crusade, Harvest America 2016, which will be held at the AT&T Stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play on March 6, Laurie said about 4,000 host sites are participating in it, making the Gospel known to people not only in all the states in the U.S., but also 50 other countries. more >>
A member of the staff at a nationally influential megachurch in Texas stressed the importance of media ministries at a major annual gathering of churches and Christian media.
Bryan Bailey, director of Media and Production at First Baptist Church of Dallas, was involved in a moderated discussion on Friday morning as part of the National Religious Broadcaster's annual convention.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Bailey noted that the discussion "had a great group of people." with an audience that was appeared to be "absorbing the information." more >>
Georgia-based North Point Ministries is hosting a large student gathering that's expected to draw nearly 5,000 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students for a weekend of Christian fellowship, camaraderie and fun.
Known as the Walking Wisely Weekend, the event is an in-town retreat that caters to middle schoolers. The thousands who attend will participate in worship sessions, small discussion groups, games and other activities to help them cultivate a relationship with Christ.
"Spirituality, according to some statistics I've read, is some of these kids' number one question," said North Point's multi-campus Director of Middle School, Tom Shefchunas, to The Christian Post on Friday. "They don't understand it, and they don't have a lot of places to really process it. You can have questions and you should have questions." The Walking Wisely Weekend hopes to answers some of those questions for attendees. more >>
The National Religious Broadcasters has terminated the membership of embattled missions agency Gospel for Asia, which was hit with a bombshell class action lawsuit alleging fraudulent use of donor money earlier this month, due to financial accountability issues.
In response to the allegations of fraud against the agency Thursday morning, Johnnie Moore, president of public relations firm The KAIROS Company, speaking on behalf of GFA, said the agency is working hard to put an end to "false accusations" continually being made against it.
"Gospel for Asia is 100% focused on continuing its work around the world while working very hard to put an end to the false accusations being continually made against the ministry. Gospel for Asia can document the legal and ethical use of funds donated and clearly answer every question," he noted in an email to CP. "Thankfully, many of Gospel for Asia's friends and supporters have chosen to stand with the organization and provide greater and great degrees of prayer and support as the ministry works to put this all to rest, for good." more >>
Every year I have the awesome privilege of connecting face-to-face with thousands of youth leaders across the country. During this time I have had several gut-level conversations with youth leaders and have noticed a pattern in the majority of youth ministries that are headed for trouble. There are at least 4 clear warning signs.
But, in addition to sharing these warning signs with you, I want to suggest an immediate corrective action that will help you to begin moving in the right direction. So, without further adieu, here are the 4 warning signs:
Warning Sign #1: It's internally obsessed, not outwardly focused. more >>